The Commandant by Rudolf Hoess
An Account by the First Commanding Officer of Auschwitz

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Rudolf Hoess was the notorious Commandant of Auschwitz. Imprisoned and awaiting execution after the war, Hoess wrote a long memoir, a self- serving account of his life and approaches to management. The amoral sensibility Hoess displayed regarding all that went on in the charnal factory where the industrialization of death was practiced--where probably 3 million people were literally worked to death, shot or quickly gassed--is still almost beyond belief today.

Jurg Amann has taken Hoess' text and produced a work imaginatively new, always using Hoess' own words; The Commandant is a book Hoess would certainly not have approved--an excruciating insight into Hitler's Final Solution and the nature of evil itself through the prism of the Nazis' totalitarian system, one Hoess and so many others felt no requirement to question. Ian Buruma's introduction sets this frightening work within a both moral and historical context.


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RUDOLF HOESS (1900–1947) was the commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp. He was found guilty of murder and executed by hanging at Auschwitz on April 16, 1947. JÜRG AMANN was born in Switzerland in 1947, and his writings include plays, poetry, essays, and literary criticism. IAN BURUMA writes about a broad range of political and cultural subjects, most frequently for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He lives in New York.
Published February 16, 2012 by Overlook. 109 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The nature and extent of Germany's collective guilt for the Holocaust and other Nazi atrocities in World War II has been a topic of debate since even before the war ended.

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Forty years ago, the former Khmer Rouge prison chief – commonly known as Comrade Duch – was responsible for the torture and murder of 12,000 men, women and children.

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